[ ol-fak-tuh-ree, -tree, ohl- ]
/ ɒlˈfæk tə ri, -tri, oʊl- /
of or relating to the sense of smell: olfactory organs.
noun, plural ol·fac·to·ries.
Usually olfactories. an olfactory organ.
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Origin of olfactory
Related formsol·fac·to·ri·ly, adverbnon·ol·fac·to·ry, adjective, noun, plural non·ol·fac·to·ries.
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British Dictionary definitions for olfactorily
/ (ɒlˈfæktərɪ, -trɪ) /
of or relating to the sense of smell
noun plural -ries
(usually plural) an organ or nerve concerned with the sense of smell
Word Origin for olfactory
C17: from Latin olfactus, past participle of olfacere, from olere to smell + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for olfactorily
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Medicine definitions for olfactorily
[ ŏl-făk′tə-rē, -trē, ōl- ]
Of, relating to, or contributing to the sense of smell.
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Science definitions for olfactorily
[ ŏl-făk′tə-rē, ōl- ]
Relating to or involving the organs or sense of smell.
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Culture definitions for olfactorily
[ (ol-fak-tuh-ree, ohl-fak-tuh-ree) ]
A descriptive term for the sense of smell.
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